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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Nov 14, 2013 11:25 AM CST
I was hoping not, but freeze got us. 28.4° was the low this morning. Dang! I've still got at least one hummingbird coming around, but it's a Rufous, which can tolerate cold pretty well.
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Bubbles
Nov 14, 2013 12:41 PM CST

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Ouch! That's cold! Hope you're prepared, and have your plants covered. I haven't seen any hummers lately. We still have a few Frits flying around the passion vines, and lots of bees out front.

Still moving pots, but decided we should wait until tomorrow to put up the greenhouses. It'll be in the 40s tonight and even higher night temps over the weekend. 'Only 34 last night and the night before.

We've had some rain this month, and the salvias and other perennials out front have jumped back to life. The acorns that have fallen here are the tiniest I've seen since we've lived here. The drought has taken its toll on the trees in Austin.
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Nov 14, 2013 2:28 PM CST
You both are colder than us. We are on the border where they predicted a freeze. Seriously only a mile or two. I always take precautions as that is just too close. I think we stayed at 35º last night in the Houston area. Everything looks good in the yard still though I covered some things just in case, like the heavy clay pot of Upright Elephant Ears. Too much for me to move indoors. Another something-cold is coming next Wednesday. I think its going to be an unusually long winter for us Texans!
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Nov 14, 2013 4:11 PM CST

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We usually have our first freeze in early Dec. It's usually a doozie, too! Everything gets icey and the roads have to have sand dropped on them. Then it rains a lot, but doesn't freeze much until Jan. End of Feb., it's mostly gone and I slowly start moving a few things out.

Cheryl, I saw your plant in your garage and greenhouse. They look great, so healthy!
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Nov 20, 2013 12:09 PM CST
Another cold one coming this weekend! Brace your plants!!
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Nov 20, 2013 1:14 PM CST

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We broke a record with 90° on Sunday. We're just finishing up the hoop houses and ready to stuff them. Weather has be squirreley. Rain and cold on Friday.
Our garden club meets with the Cactus and Succulent group tomorrow night. I plan to take some of the sticky plants I've acquired and find new homes for them. I just don't have room for them...or appreciate them anymore.

Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Nov 20, 2013 2:36 PM CST
Sunday was a scorcher here too,@86°. My plants were still in the greenhouse and garage from the few days we had in the 30°'s'. I don't have the time to move them in and out and in and out again. It's crazy now,. Then in March, we'll do it all over again!
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porkpal
Nov 20, 2013 3:02 PM CST
I have given up on recognizing "normal" Texas weather!
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Nov 20, 2013 3:03 PM CST

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I just roll up the side of the hoops when we had warm days, but I don't go very far. If it gets windy, our neighbors' garden will be wearing plastic. By Feb., I'm antsy to take the hoops down. So far, so good!
I'm trying to get the plants put away today before it rains. I had just shoved some citrus trees in, when a bid ole swallowtail breezed by me and settled on the Buddha's Hand. Didn't seem concerned with me and laid eggs on most of the citrus trees that I could see. I had my phone, so I took a few pics. Guess I'll be raising caterpillars along with a cat this winter. Seems late for butterflies to lay eggs, doesn't it?
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Nov 20, 2013 3:03 PM CST

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Hey, Porkpal! Did you get some of the rain we sent ya?
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Nov 20, 2013 3:04 PM CST
I had tons of butterflies out the wazoo on those hot days. This one I THINK is a White Peacock, new one for me! The flowering plants are much fewer now. The White Mistflowers, Rue and White Trailing Lantana are popular with butterflies now.
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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Nov 20, 2013 3:10 PM CST

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Really pretty one! Was your Mistflower late this year? Mine is gorgeous now, but there aren't very many butterflies anymore. Lots of bees, though.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Nov 20, 2013 3:14 PM CST
Sandi, I posted almost the same time! That's great about the Giant Swallowtail...I haven't seen any for a while now! If we lived closer, I'd raise those caterpillars. If they survive, they'll pupate and emerge as butterflies next year! Yeah, a little bit late...but I've seen butterflies come along and lay eggs in November fairly often. Right now, there's some Gulf Fritillary caterpillars here that are getting ready to pupate soon and some some other itty-bitty ones!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Nov 20, 2013 5:03 PM CST

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The caterpillars should have plenty to feast on! I put all the potted citrus into the hoop out our game room door.
I was close enough to watch her lay the eggs. My photos look like a 3 yr old took them, but I'll post a couple when I download them.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Nov 20, 2013 6:39 PM CST
Oh, forgot to answer about the White Mistflower. Yes, it WAS late! During the Monarch peak migration, just one of mine was starting to bloom a little bit. Normally they probably would've been in full bloom then. What few Monarchs I saw nectaring were mostly on Frostweed. Out in the wild, no white mistflower were blooming until that migration peak was completely over.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Nov 20, 2013 11:35 PM CST

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This gal, Monica Maeckle, has a ranch in Llano, TX, near our lake place. I stumbled across her blog a couple of years ago. Thought I'd try to contact her this year to see if she had the Monarchs stopping at her ranch last month. I checked her blog and she had written there were not many Monarchs this year. (I would have asked/begged to go see the Monarchs at the ranch). She's on the fly way for their migration and some of the older photos were awesome.

She was part of a Monarch symposium in San Antonio Nov. 7 thru 10. Apparently, this was the worse year for the Monarchs. Sounded pretty grim.

http://texasbutterflyranch.com/
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Nov 21, 2013 12:18 PM CST
I heard about that symposium, but not until a few days before it started. I would have liked to hear Dr. Chip Taylor's presentation, but the fees were kind of high to attend, so I didn't go.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Nov 22, 2013 9:49 AM CST

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It's cold here! I still have plants to put away, but most are covered. I think I'm ready for a little cold, but not the rain today.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Nov 22, 2013 10:02 AM CST
Getting colder here, plus we got some rain - always welcome here!
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Nov 22, 2013 11:19 AM CST

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We're sending you some more rain! This rain is cold, carried on a brisk wind! Enjoy, brrrrr!

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